Bullet Grazed Girl's Head During Birthday Party Sleepover in Jacksonville: Police

Authorities in Florida say a 12-year-old girl is recovering after being grazed in the head by a bullet during a sleepover for a friend's birthday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the girl was sleeping on a couch when the shooting occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday. Investigators said that the homeowner's 11-year-old nephew, who suffers from a mental illness, shot the gun, according to NBC affiliate First Coast News. He is under a 72-hour mental evaluation.

Officials say the bullet grazed the child, went through the couch and the living room wall. The girl was taken to a hospital but her injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

The homeowner told investigators the shooting was an accident. About eight children were at the home for a birthday party.

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